STARS Healthcare Pioneers Report
Showcasing Best Practice In Syncope
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In order to encourage excellence in syncope care, in 2020, STARS launched the STARS Healthcare Pioneers Report - Showcasing Best Practice in Syncope, comprising of case reports illustrating innovations and quality in the care of syncope patients. The report is in honour of Dr Adam Fitzpatrick who sadly passed away early last year. His work on syncope and arrhythmias has been outstanding.
In 2000, Adam met Trudie Lobban MBE FRCP, who had founded STARS (Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures), and together they achieved a great deal including constructing the Blackouts Checklist which was launched by Sir Roger Moore, Patron of STARS. Its value was to enhance the patient consultation by prompting conversation between the patient and consultant. It also prompts the doctor to seek answers leading to a correct diagnosis. This checklist was the first of its kind. Following the success of STARS Blackout Checklist, Adam founded a ‘Rapid Access Blackout Clinic’ in Manchester, the first anywhere in the world. Patients could be referred and seen in less than two weeks, thereby reducing long waiting times, misdiagnoses and even sudden cardiac death from undiagnosed cardiac arrhythmia. This concept has now been widely adopted and has improved outcomes for these patients.
Adam and Trudie were also successful in 2004, by pressing for an additional chapter to National Service Framework on heart disease in the NHS to include arrhythmias. This was followed by establishment of the Arrhythmia Alliance charity of which Adam was a founding Trustee, and three years later the patient-oriented AF Association was launched. Adam had remained as chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of STARS, as well as being Medical Director & Trustee of the Arrhythmia Alliance and member of the AF Association Medical Advisory Committee.
Adam strived for perfection and always put the patient first. His dedication to the STARS community and to improving patient outcomes was always paramount in everything he did. Thus, this new activity of STARS is thought to be a proper tribute to Adam’s great achievements, once again to the benefit of patients.